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  1. New grad here currently considering taking my first job at an urgent care clinic. The goal is for me to act as a solo provider at a new rural location to be opened in the coming months (with an off-site supervising physician.. the specifics of who I should contact depending on when a question/concern comes up are to be discussed and I plan to have them included in my contract in writing.) It has already been discussed that I would have at least 4 weeks of one-on-one training with a supervising physician at the existing clinic, where there are always at least two providers working, before beginning independent work at the new location. I know all new grads experience some hesitation and nervousness about their first job, even WITH colleagues on-site for questions and I can appreciate that these feelings are in fact healthy and will keep me working hard to continue expanding my knowledge and improving my skills. I also know how important receiving sufficient training at your first PA position is, essentially building the foundation for the rest of your career. My question to you: when you started your first position (whether it was urgent care or something else - it would be helpful if you specify), what kind of training did you receive and for how long, and did you feel like it adequately prepared you for independent practice?
  2. I’m a PA with 12 years of experience in orthopedic surgery. I’m interested in making a change and getting into dermatology for a better lifestyle and a comparable salary. Ideally I’d like to get into a an aesthetics practice including fillers, Botox, laser treatments, etc. I live in south Florida and there is no shortage of this type of practice but everyone seems to want experience. I see that there are various training courses for this type of thing that can be anywhere from 1 day to 2 weeks in length and are on the expensive side. I’m looking for advice on what training I can proactively do to make myself as marketable as possible for this type of job. Im also curious if my idea of cosmetic derm is actually an improvement over my current salary/situation in Florida. In my mind I will certainly take a pay cut in the beginning but will be earning more money than I make now on my second or subsequent years with a similar lifestyle. I currently make 120K and work M-F, no nights, no weekends. 22 days PTO (sick days and CME days come out of this) plus 7 holidays, no CME allowance but after you pay you can submit receipts and hope for reimbursement, licensure and certification fees reimbursed with receipt, no malpractice (sovereign immunity in existing job), 403-b with matching to a certain amount, partial healthcare coverage, and short term disability insurance. This was lengthy... I appreciate any advice or feedback. -K
  3. certified diabetic educator (CDE) certification - lucrative or not? My manager approached me today to excitedly inform me that she suggested me when a diabetes rep came in and mentioned her company will provide free CDE training for a provider in our office. I do really like endocrinology but don't want to work in Endo due to the lower salaries (kind of burnt out right now on long hours and low compensation as it is in family med). I'm trying to read between the lines and see if this is something that would actually benefit me or only benefit the hospital and my workplace. I have a very busy patient schedule and family medicine and work long days and already feel quite underpaid. I like many aspects of family medicine but that one is not one of them. I guess I'm a little bit worried that if I do this training I will have an increased workload but really nothing financially to show for that. Has anyone out there done this? Worth it or not? I kind of feel like this would be something for a nurse and not something that will be financially beneficial for a physician assistant's career. Huge thanks in advance to anyone who can offer some advice or perspective on this.
  4. My name is Dan and I am a graduate student at San Jose State University, pursuing a MS in Human Factors and Ergonomics. I am currently running an anonymous survey study assessing the impact of injection device usability on patient acceptance and usage of injectable medication (found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/37KK3WB). I am doing this to demonstrate to pharmaceutical companies just how important it is for patients that an injection device is usable and user friendly. I plan on publishing my results so that awareness of this issue endures, spreads, and hopefully influences the design choices companies make when creating these devices. Are you a Health Care Provider (Nurses, Pharmacists, PAs, Medical Assistants/Techs, CDEs, etc.) who trains any type of patient to use an injection device at home? I am interested in all forms of injection devices, including but not limited to: Prefilled Syringes, Syringe and vial combinations, Disposable Pens, Reusable pens, Disposable Auto-Injectors, Reusable Auto-Injectors, and Reconstitution kits If you ever trained a patient to perform an injection at home and afterwards discovered or experienced any of the following, please share your experiences with us through this survey. · Patient was too scared or intimidated by the device to perform the procedure. · Patient performed the procedure but with a lot of hesitation and difficulty, and may have made some mistakes. · Patient made a mistake and did not receive the full dose (they lost some or all of the medication). · Patient could not figure out how to use the device and returned it to their health care provider or pharmacist. · Patient called their health care provider or pharmacist for help in order to complete the procedure. · Patient asked for additional training from their health care provider or pharmacist. · Patient took the drug less often than they were supposed to, or stopped using it because of the difficulty they had in using the device and performing the procedure. · Patient asked their doctor to switch to a different device/drug because of the difficulty they had in using the device and performing the procedure. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and for every survey completed we will donate $1 to either the Red Cross or The Humane Society (your choice). We hope you can contribute to this effort and help us uncover and solve the difficulties experienced by patients when delivering their own drug therapy with a new device. Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/37KK3WB Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing about your experiences. It would be greatly appreciated if you would share this survey with any other qualifying people you know. Note: this survey is anonymous and no personal information is collected.
  5. I was hoping you guys could give me an opinion on what specialty new PA Grads should start with? What specialties are more open to hiring new PA grads and will give a new grad a bit of training/guidance. I know some specialties may be too much for a new grad to handle at first until the new grad gets more experience. Night or day shift for new grad? Thanks for the feedback.
  6. For those of you who have deployed, what are the the best military pre-deployment medical classes to attend as a PA and any recommendations for my medics? I've looked at ATRRS but would like to rank these so we can prioritize the funding. 3GeronimoPA--any words of wisdom from your recent return? Any resources you favor?
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